It is the most wonderful time of the year and it’s not just filled with holiday and Christmas cheer, it’s filled with fashion, boot stompin, cowboys and cowgirls, whiskey filled glasses, shopping and tons of fun! The National Finals Rodeo is one that many anticipate all year. From team roping, barrel racing and bull riding, to starched jeans, unique boots, sequins, turquoise and felt hats, hitting the town looking fresh in Vegas is rather vital! When the rodeo isn’t rockin’, there is still tons of glitter, glam, hootin and hollering to be had. Below is a list of only the best, tastiest and amusing restaurants, shows and things for you to see as you make your way around the magical town. Also, don’t forget to check with your hotel about offering free shuttle rides to and from the Thomas and Mack, as there are many that offer this service with your stay.
Fashion and Shopping
Denim & Velvet Fashion Show – Dec. 9th starting at 3 p.m. is free to public and is located at the Stetson Country Christmas at the Sands, on the RIDE TV Stage. Follow: @denimandvelvet for updates.
“Cowboys & Indians Magazine” and the Bleacherbabe, Brianna Bigbee are hosting a “Best of the West Ball” – Dec. 10th at the Silverton Casino. Follow @cowboysindiansmagazine for updates.
Cowboy Christmas Gift Show / Co-located with the RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo – Dec. 7 – 16 Open daily 9a.m – 5 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.
Cowboy Marketplace Gift Show -Mandalay Bay – Dec. 7 – 16, Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.
Country Christmas - Sands Expo – Dec.7 – 17, Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.
South Point Western Gift Show - South Point Exhibit Hall and Boot Barn Concourse, Dec.7 – 17, Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.
Concerts, Entertainment & Parties
George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Cody Johnson, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels, Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan, Lone Star, Dierks Bentley, Lady Gaga, & Bill Engvall are just a few amongst the line-up. Visit: http://www.nfrexperience.com/home/entertainment_around_town for a full schedule.
Cowboy FanFest – Dec. 7-16, Adjacent to Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, free admission. Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rodeo Vegas at The Mirage is the official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA – Dec. 7 — 16
6:30 p.m. — 4 a.m. at the Mirage Race & Sports Book - Nightly NFR action on High Definition TV screen
Free entertainment: My personal fave, Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The Bellagio Fountains, The Art of Richard MacDonald
The Legendary Buck'N Ball is the BEST Rodeo After Party in Las Vegas, featuring Live country music, two-step dancing and drink specials. Open at 9:00pm — 2:00 a.m. nightly inside the Bourbon Street Lounge at the The Orleans Hotel & Casino.
MGM Grand Free Live Music and Dancing at the Gold Buckle Zone, December 7 — 16
From 8 p.m. — 2 a.m. at the Central at MGM Grand, near the Sports Book.
Other fun things to do: Ride the High Roller at the Linq - the world’s largest observation wheel, Red Rock Canyon Tours, Freemont Street Experience, Bodies The Exhibition at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas Escape Room Experience
Steak: Andiron Steak & Sea, Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood, Charlie Palmer Steak at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Jean-Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Las Vegas, Carnevino
Dinner: Arawan Thai Bistro and Dessert, Le Cirque, Raku, The Capital Grille, Picasso, Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, Hot N Juicy Crawfish , Mastro's Ocean Club, Rollin Smoke Barbeque
Have a joyous, fun, safe, happy, and peaceful Christmas and New Year! See you next year!